A real easy and delicious treat that you can even have for breakfast. It does have fruit! These Strawberry Hand Pies are great to make ahead, freeze and enjoy for when the craving hits. Sometimes, it's the simple things that just don't disappoint.
Where have I been? I know, right!
I've just reached full on ten thousand percent burnout with my blog. I've thought so many times over the past month about writing a recipe, but my heart just wasn't in it at all. And to be quite frank, I did try and fail and then repeat the fail. I just found myself staring at a blank screen and no words or motivation would come. So, I just had to walk away from it and hope the creativity would return to create and write again.
This morning I woke up at the crack of dawn, 5:30 am to be exact. This has traditionally always been my time to sit with a cup of coffee, low jazz humming from the computer mp3 and the writing would follow. It would be peaceful bliss and it would set me up for a pretty positive day. I've always enjoyed the writing aspect of my blog. As much as I love the cooking and even the photography side of things, the writing came easy. Anyway, it has been a routine for me for over four years and something I would look forward to many mornings of the week.
This year those mornings have been few and far between. I would find myself waking early with the promise of getting it done, so to speak. Then procrastination would set in . We've all been there. We know the feeling. Minutes would stretch into hours, then days, weeks and then poof. What idea?
Kind of sums up 2019 in a nutshell when it comes to my blog.
When I woke this morning, I was ready. So, here I am now shortly past 6:00 am in my familiar happy place. Hoping this is the start of the return to something I have loved for so long.
Apart from not being creative, I have been cooking. Not as much as usual, but it has been a summer of food and I've even made a score of new dishes that I plan to repeat, photograph and write for you all here. One of my favorite new creations this summer was a chocolate zucchini loaf cake. I can't tell you how delicious it was. I've made it twice and am making it again today so I can get it down here so everyone else can enjoy it as much as we did. So good.
I have been using my barbecue quite a bit, because it's summer and it's easy. And if you follow my blog, you might remember me getting my new barbecue back a few months ago and how that is has been a monumental mark in this household this summer. Bye bye 20 year old rust bucket bbq!
And because we've been having a pretty pleasant summer with the temperatures, I've just been making a lot of family favorites that I've cooked a million times over. Saying that, the temperatures are soaring as I sit and slowly start to melt.
Anyway, today we're kicking off the return of recipes with these very simple Strawberry Hand Pies. I made these over a month ago. I think this is what we call classic procrastination...hahaha! They were super easy and really delicious. And you can't complain about that. So, if you happen to live where you still have seasonal strawberries, give these a try for a quick treat!
Notes about the Strawberry Hand Pies:
So easy and really doesn't require much of an explanation by way of notes. I think the only thing I would say is make sure you close them properly and pierce the tops really well. As you can see, mine leaked everywhere. Because I was rushed, not paying attention to detail and just shoved them in the oven. Don't be me. Close the edges with care and pierce three to four small holes in the top. You should have better success than I did.
That aside, they were so easy and delicious. Great hot or cold and you could even turn then into a dessert. Dress them up with whipping cream, ice cream, drizzle, ganache, etc. The options are endless.
Happy cooking friends and cheers to no more procrastination.
Strawberry Hand Pies
Makes 6 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 25 minutes
1 2/3 Cups/250 grams strawberries, stems removed and roughly chopped
3 Tablespoons sugar, divided
1 Sheet puff pastry
1 Egg white, beaten
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
In a medium saucepan set over a medium heat, add the strawberries and two tablespoons of sugar. Stir well and leave to cook until strawberries are soft, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and leave to cool.
Lay the pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut into six equal parts. Spoon the filling in the middle of each square. Fold over and press the sides down firmly with a fork. Pierce a few holes in the top of the pastry with a small sharp knife.
Brush the tops with the egg wash and sprinkle over remaining sugar.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and puffed.
Remove from oven a leave for a few minutes before serving.
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